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Our worship theme this week is all about action. Doing our faith instead of just talking about it. (We do love to talk about faith!) As we worship in-person, online, and in our daily meditations, remember that God wants us to put our experience with Christ into practice. It’s not easy. We struggle and stumble. But putting faith into practice is simple. Well done is better than well said. Our message this week from Matthew 21 is the first in a series of three stories Jesus told about the kingdom: the two sons, the rented vineyard, and the banquet.
This week, we learn about a dad who asked his kids to work in the vineyard. The first said “No. I don’t want to.” The second said, “Yes.” But as the day went on, neither did what they said they would do. The first who said “No!” did the work, while the second, who initially said “Yes!”, never showed up. So Jesus asked the crowd, “Which child responded to their dad’s request?” What do you think?
Which child are we most like in this parable? The one who says, “I will go” and does not, or the one who says, “I will not go” but has a change of heart and does? This week, let’s keep it simple but visible. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. Well done is better than well said.
We begin our worship about putting our faith into practice with Chris Tomlin’s stirring worship hymn, “God of this City.” This song has been offered as a prayer for cities around the world including Dallas, Boston, L.A., and Chicago, and now Cape May, too! Our sending hymn, “Hope of the Nations,” is worship leader Brian Doerksen’s expressions of God’s love for the world and offer of hope found in Jesus Christ. Music that stirs our spirits can help equip us for loving, merciful, and humble acts of kindness we can do this week.